How do I create a website (for free) that showcases music?

I want to help out my cousin who is a singer and musician create a website that has samples of her work. I know that WordPress doesn't allow for video or audio uploads. Do you have any suggestions on what would be a good way to create it for her? Thanks!

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Hi Liz,
You are wrong, wordpress allow anything.
You simply need to install the right plugin to upload audio and video.
Take a look here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ and search for "video upload"

Ahhh, thank you!

Ahhh, thank you!

One thing to keep in mind is that "WordPress" does not refer to just one thing. There's the self-hosted WordPress.org, which is what Rémy is referring to, and there's WordPress.com, which I suspect is what Liz has in mind.
There are a lot of articles discussing the pros and cons of each, so I won't go into that, but here's a nice quick reference: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/?display=wide

Ok, I see the difference. I made mine at the .com site. Was that a mistake?

I've been told wordpress is better than wix, but wix might work better for the audio uploads for her. I'll probably end up doing it that way. It's really just needs to a portfolio site, nothing fancy. Just a starting point that she can show potential clients her work without sending them to a social site.

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Also take a look at www.soundcloud.com it might be a way to go.

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I'm going to give you an option of giving you another option. Wordpress, as Remy said, does allow uploads. The other option is to learn HTML/CSS and build a site yourself.

What I would expand upon here is your requirement to build one for free. Wordpress and HTML do require an actual website so you'll need a domain name and hosting which do both cost money. A Wordpress hosted site i.e. mysite.wordpress.com will not allow you to upload unless you upgrade to a premium membership option.

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You may also want to look into using Tumblr. It's very flexible and has an active creative community associated with it. There are lovely custom themes for little or no money.

Word of advice: keep the site as simple as possible - and if your cousin plays gigs, be sure to feature them prominently on the home page - along with MP3 downloads of the her songs. Also - don't launch a web presence for her until you have at least one two good quality photos. Photos are key. Not saying to go hire a professional photog necessarliy, but make sure you put up something good - even if taken with an iPhone.

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Be careful with soundcloud.com. They took the recordings from a friend of mine and wanted to charge him to get them back, so it isn't completely free.

MySpace is a good start for musicians, it originally was for everyone until FaceBook came about. MySpace is great for music.

I have a lot of friends who post their music on Youtube. not copy written material, and post this on their FB and twitter. I have done this being a musician and it can get some great play if you do it right.

Can you explain how they "took" the recordings?

A good friend of mine uses Sound cloud so he can share his shows on his website. Last month, they pulled his recorded radio shows and blocked him until he paid for them. His show airs around the country on internet radio. He didn't pay them and now no linger uses them.

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